Patient Education

The most commonly recognized symptom of a seizure is uncontrolled shaking of the entire body. Sometimes the affected individual may become unresponsive for a short period of time (usually about a minute). Unexplained blanking out for a short period of time can be due to a seizure. But, a seizure can produce almost any kind...
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There are many medications and yes, as you can imagine – providing extra dopamine to the brain is one of the best ways to make the symptoms better. I have provided a list of these medications, but it is worth highlighting two of them: Levodopa is the oral form of dopamine. It is converted into...
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In Parkinson’s disease and in Alzheimer’s disease, the main issue is that the brain cells which are being destroyed are not being replaced. The brain does produce new cells, but it does so exceptionally slowly. Stem cells are capable of tremendous division. Basically, they can keep on dividing forever. They can transform into any kind...
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Most patients with Epilepsy do not need surgery. About 70% of patients do not have another seizure after they start taking medications. Most patients with epilepsy do not need surgery to control their seizures. However, medications are not able to control seizures in about 30% of patients. In the year 2002, two physicians named Dr....
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As we grow older, unwanted waste chemicals start accumulating in our brain. These are almost like the plastic trash bags you would see floating around some if your garbage was not removed regularly. These waste products clump together and form large aggregates. They then start destroying normal brain cells around them. Some of the waste...
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Alzheimer’s disease is very common. But before making that diagnosis, it is very important to rule out other causes of thinking and memory problems. This is very important because there is no 100% accurate test for Alzheimer’s disease. Let me tell you first about 3 common diseases whose diagnosis is often missed! 1. Depression: When...
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There are many ear diseases that can cause vertigo, but I will talk about the 4 most common ones: 1. Benign Positional Vertigo: This disease is usually seen in older people (usually above 60). One of the small stones (otoliths) gets dislodged and stuck in the wrong place. Every time the patient moves his head,...
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Botox or “botulinum toxin” is a liquid that relaxes muscles. It is injected into multiple muscles in the back of the neck, and sometimes over the face. The procedure takes only a few minutes, is not very painful and is extremely safe. The effect of Botox starts about 1 week after injection, and lasts for...
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If you do not have a history of severe headaches, then the answer is a definite YES. A sudden headache frequently indicates a severe, possibly life-threatening problem. If you have severe headaches in the past, then the answer is more difficult. Many people who have headaches such as migraine and cluster headache can easily recognize...
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